Tag: Writing

A Long Time Ago at a Campfire Far, Far Away

We are storytellers.  It’s in our blood.  Ever since small groups of hunters and gatherers sat around the campfire, they have told stories.  While some basics remain constant, the styles of storytelling change.  We can see this even within our lifetime. You may not have lived as long as I […]

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2022 Goals – the expurgated version (the one without the gannet).  Third Quarter Edition.

For the full version see my January 16th, 2022 blog, https://dennisamadorcherry.com/blog/writing/2022-goals/ POLISH OFF MY FIRST STEAMPUNK NOVEL: I plan to have this done by Presidents’ Day.  I did it!  I finished it.  Kris and I went through the whole thing line by line.  I got it as ready as I […]

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Hit by the Sledgehammer of Inspiration

How it All Starts I start off my Thursday afternoon as I always do. I drop off my client to his therapist and hit the local Yogurtland to grab my favorite chocolate obsession and do some writing. I used to think that when I started working part-time, I would have […]

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The Short of It

So, I’m currently working on my 165-page screenplay.  I’m trying to get it down to at least 143 pages, the length of the first screenplay in the trilogy.  By page 25, the heroes have figured out who the villain is and what he’s planning.  Now I come to two intercut […]

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The Long and the Short of it

As I have been mentioning, my critique group has now gone over my entire script for my second steampunk story.  I’ve gotten a lot of good feedback, both in the Zoom meetings and in written notes.  At 165 pages, I knew it was too long, but that’s how first drafts […]

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The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference

The Greater Los Angeles Writers Conference Two weeks ago, was the GLAWC, after which I was too brain-dead to write it up.  The following week I wrote about Karl Lembke’s memorial.  So now, here is my overview of the conference. This was the first in-person conference in over two years.  […]

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Busy Weekend

It started Saturday morning at 6:00 am.  I was on kitchen staff at church making breakfast burritos for the woman’s conference the way we make them at the men’s monthly breakfasts.  Hey, women need burritos, too.  Luckily, I’m ¼ Mexican, so I know how to wrap a burrito. After getting […]

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The Thing About Goals

Goals can be long-term or short-term.  I might want to finish a project today, or I might want to advance my writing career throughout the year.  The latter is what my goals for the year are all about.  The goals I updated last week. Finishing my changes to my second […]

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LATFoB

It’s been a week since the L.A. Times Festival of Books, and I’m recovered enough to write about it.  Actually, it wasn’t that bad.  The LATFoB had been canceled for the past two years because of Covid.  This first year back there was about 75% of the crowd of the […]

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Festival! Festival!

Festival! Festival! No, I won’t be burning books, but I’ll be helping authors sell their books at the L. A. Times Festival of Books.  https://www.facebook.com/latimesfob  For specific information, check their website  https://events.latimes.com/festivalofbooks/ It’s been three years and GLAWS is glad to be back.  I will be one of the co-chairs […]

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